Bastian Schweinsteiger appears to have taken the decision to stay at Manchester United despite being told by Jose Mourinho that he will have no part to play in his senior squad.
The Germany international was forced out of the first-team dressing room and has been ordered to train with the under-21 squad by the Special One. The harsh treatment was supposed to push him out of the club, giving Mourinho around £190,000-a-week in wages to play with, but it seems his tactics have not worked.
Schweinsteiger released a statement on his Twitter account on Wednesday morning that suggested he would be staying at Old Trafford, saying United would be his "last team in Europe" and that he would be "ready" to play if called upon.
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He wrote: “MUFC will be my last club in Europe. I respect other clubs, but Manchester United was the only one which could make me leave Bayern Munich.
“I will be ready, if the team needs me. This is all I can say about the current situation. I want to thank the fans for the amazing support over the recent weeks.”
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Needless to say, the message has already reverberated around Manchester United circles and fans are abuzz with what the message might mean. Is he really going to stay and play in the reserves or is he simply hinting at a move to either Major League Soccer (MLS) or the Chinese Super League (CSL)?
Some have taken it to mean that the 32-year-old is going to see out as much of his two-year contract as he can, collecting a potential £16m before it expires in 2018. Others are simply happy to see him acting so respectfully towards United despite his unfair treatment. Take a look at the best of it below.
While a large amount of us would happily take £190,000-a-week for showing a few youngsters how it is done, it seems Schweinsteiger's statement has irked a few people.
But there may be a wider context to this story. Schweinsteiger may be looking to seal a hefty compensation package from the Red Devils, who may opt to terminate his contract if he refuses to leave.
He would then be free to find another club of his choosing whilst also enjoying a fair portion of the estimated £16m remaining on his contract up front.
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